It’s the end of the year, which means we’re all up to our necks in Best-of-2011 lists, and everyone’s behind on their reading. But that’s no reason not to forge ahead and check out the new stuff hitting shelves this month — after all, we know you’re about to have some cozy holiday downtime to catch up on everything. In this month’s reading list, you can look forward to crime conspiracies involving thick liquids, ultra-cute microfictions, translated fables, and teary breakups involving pistachios. Click through to check out our list of the ten most interesting books coming out this month, and let us know which ones you’re most excited to dive into in the comments.
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, Tom Mueller (December 5)
Sexy title aside, this is the most delicious crime world exposé you can hope to read this month — or probably ever. In this vividly rendered book about everyone’s favorite fine food item, Tom Mueller picks apart the wicked and illegal adulterated olive oil industry while doling out history and expert musings on the side. In a climate where it’s totally uncool not to know where your edibles are coming from, this book is must for those of us who keep a tub of the green stuff on hand at all times.